RFI plans new railway connection to Venice Airport
Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) issued a call for tenders for a railway line to Venice’s Marco Polo airport on Friday. The project is geared towards encouraging people travelling to and from the airport to shift to rail.
The project calls for the construction of a new double-track railway of around 8 kilometres, including a 3,4-kilometre-long tunnel section to the airport itself. There, trains will arrive at an underground station connected to the terminal building. Starting point of the new line will be Mestre station. The tender has a value of 467 million euros.
Marco Polo airport was Italy’s fourth-busiest airport before the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, it handled more than 11 million passengers. The following year, it had dropped to 2,8 million. The airport has no public transportation link. Instead, passengers are transported by shuttle buses and taxi’s. It does, however, have a water boat service.
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